Are you at risk of homelessness or eviction?
We can help you understand your housing rights and guide you to services and resources that will assist you with finding appropriate accommodation or support if you’re facing homelessness or eviction.
The Reduction in Homelessness Act 2017 sets out new duties on English local authorities, with the aim of preventing homelessness. Everyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness should have access to help, irrespective of their priority need status.
You can use the housing options self–help tool if you have been asked to leave your accommodation or are at risk of losing your home.
You will be given an appointment to speak to a housing officer, who will conduct an assessment and advise you on the support you can receive.
Eviction orders can be enforced where the landlord has a valid warrant of possession. Bailiffs must provide 14 days’ notice of an eviction. They have been asked by the government not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.
We have a Domestic Abuse Advisor available at the Space. You can book an appointment, contact us via email or phone, or come as a walk-in to the centre.
There are other organisations available you can contact if you are fleeing domestic abuse:
The FJC provides support and a safety plan for people experiencing domestic abuse.
They also facilitate weekly MARAC meetings. Referrals can be made by the person requiring support by attending a drop-in centre, which is arranged by calling or emailing the FJC.
A professional acting on behalf of a client can also complete a referral form, which is available on their website.
Out of hours support can be provided by the 24-hour National Domestic Violence free helpline: 0808 2000 247.
Refuge Against Domestic Violence operates a 24-hour domestic abuse helpline as well as a live chat feature. They also offer a range of resources and advice on their website.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Research conducted by the Albert Kennedy Trust found almost one in four young homeless people identifies as LGBT. 44% said they were unaware of housing support when they last experienced homelessness. If you are aged 16-25, AKT can also give you information and guidance on housing issues.
If you identify as LGBTQ+, Stonewall Housing can offer you housing advice and support. They also provide safe and secure accommodation, through supported accommodation in four London boroughs. Telephone: 020 7359 5767